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'''Aristophanes''' ( or ;Jones, Daniel; Roach, Peter, James Hartman and Jane Setter, eds. ''Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary''. 17th edition. Cambridge UP, 2006. , ; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion (),Alan Sommerstein, ''Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Acharnians, The Clouds'', Penguin Books, 1973, page 9 was a comedy|comic playwright of Classical Athens|ancient Athens. Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as Ancient Greek comedy|Old Comedy, and are used to define it.''Aristophanes: Clouds'' K.J.Dover (ed), Oxford University Press 1970, Intro. page X. Also known as ''the Father of Comedy''''Aristophanes in Performance 421 BC-AD 2007:Peace, Birds and Frogs'' Edith Hall and Amanda Wrigley, Legenda (Oxford) 2007, page 1...
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Birth placeClassical Athens|Athens
Death datec. 386 BC
Death placeDelphi
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OccupationPlaywright (comedy)
Years active427 BC – 386 BC
Known forPlaywright and director of Old Comedy
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